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Living in Rural & Remote Areas

Seniors & Public Transport

Victorian Seniors Card holders are entitled to a range of benefits on public transport services in Victoria.

This card is issued by the Department of Health and is available to permanent residents of Victoria aged 60 or over and who work less than 35 hours a week.

Please note: A Commonwealth Seniors Health Card cannot be used as concession ID.

Victorian Seniors Card holders are provided with a free myki which entitles them to concession fares on trains, trams and buses during the week.

It also entitles them to free travel on Saturdays and Sundays in two consecutive zones in metropolitan Melbourne (Zones 1 and 2) and on regional town bus services.

For more information about the free weekend travel entitlement, see free weekend travel.



V/Line concessions for Victorian seniors

Victorian Seniors Card holders can travel on concession fares on V/Line trains and coaches.

Victorian off-peak free travel vouchers

Victorian Seniors Card holders also receive two Victorian off-peak travel vouchers in the mail each year. These can be used anywhere in Victoria and can be exchanged for V/Line tickets or a Day Pass. Seniors from regional Victoria receive two additional Victorian off-peak travel vouchers.

For more information, see free travel vouchers.

Interstate Seniors Cards

Seniors Card holders from other Australian states and territories can buy the following ticket types:

  • Concession myki
  • Concession V/Line tickets (Peak and Off-Peak)
  • Other concession tickets (regional town bus services).

Seniors Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders from other states and territories are not eligible for free weekend travel however you can travel on concession fares.

Holders of a Commonwealth Government-issued Seniors Health Card are not eligible for public transport concessions in Victoria.


Golden Plains Shire Community Transport

The Golden Connections Community Transport service provides assistance and transport to residents of Golden Plains. This can be for:

  • Medical appointments
  • Community travel needs
  • Assistance where no other transport services are available
  • Passenger assistance can also be provided where necessary, to help clients who are frail or have restricted mobility.
  • Links to other existing transport services. 


 Some of the services Golden Connections Community Transport offers are:

  • A door-to-door service is available Monday to Friday for medical appointments and other specialist activities.
  • Regular route services are available from Linton to Ballarat return each Wednesday. This service enables residents to have 3 hours in Ballarat for medical appointments or shopping needs. Linton to Ballarat Weekly Shopping Trip(326 kb)
  • Community group bus hire, where groups and organisations in Golden Plains can hire 12 seat mini buses for special events and functions at reduced rates. Larger vehicles, up to 50 seats and drivers, can also be arranged.


 For information on hire fees and client contributions, please contact the Community Transport Coordinator on 03 5220 7144. All hire fees and contributions help to cover running costs and ensure that the service continues and expands.


Golden Connections Community Transport relies on fully trained volunteer drivers from the community to operate these services. All volunteers have satisfactory Police checks and Working with Children checks. 

Volunteer driving is fun and very rewarding and can be a great opportunity to meet new people and help your local community. Even being able to assist two days a month is enough to really make a difference and be appreciated by people in your area. Full training and ongoing support is provided. An information pack is available upon request by contacting the Community Transport Coordinator on 03 5220 7144.

 Golden Connections Community Transport is proudly funded and supported by Golden Plains Shire and the Victorian Government.




V/Line Tickets

  • Ticket types: A range of V/Line tickets are available to suit your travel needs.
  • Reservations: Reservations are required on all services travelling to or from Warrnambool, Swan Hill, Shepparton, Albury / Wodonga and Bairnsdale.


Free travel passes

Free travel passes are available to eligible passengers and can be used on Victoria's public transport network subject to terms and conditions. The majority of free travel passes are issued at the PTV Hub. 

Authorised free travel pass holders must carry their pass when travelling at all times, or risk facing an infringement.

Children aged three years and under can travel for free without a free travel pass. For more information, see children on public transport.

The following travel passes are available subject to eligibility:

  Access Travel Pass
  Companion Card
  Day Pass
  Free Travel Vouchers
  Free weekend travel
  Retired Employee Travel Pass
  Scooter and Wheelchair Travel Pass
  Free Sunday travel for Carer Card
  EDA/TPI War Veteran's Travel Pass
  Travel Trainer Pass
  Vision Impaired Travel Pass
  War Veteran's Travel Pass

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